Crime

Tacoma man sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for selling heroin

A Tacoma man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years, 8 months in prison for selling heroin, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Arnoldo Mendoza Ramos, 28, pleaded guilty in June to charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

His girlfriend, Ana Torres, has pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced in October.

Undercover law enforcement officers bought heroin from the couple four times in September and October 2013 in Tacoma and Lakewood parking lots, according to court records.

Agents then served a search warrant at their Tacoma apartment and found 2.4 pounds of heroin hidden in a freezer door, a baby formula can, inside a macaroni and cheese box and in a tub of beans.

Also seized from the home were two handguns found inside the armrest of a couch, $180,000, a shotgun stolen from Port Orchard, 11 cell phones and small amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine.

Mendoza Ramos is expected to be deported to Mexico after he serves his time in prison, the DEA said.

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